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06 Sep, 2018

2018 Timpanogos Storytelling Conference

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Timpanogos Storytelling Institute



Join us Thursday, September 6, 2018.

The Conference will be held in the Garden Room of the Visitor’s Center at the Ashton Gardens at Thanksgiving Point. Come learn from the best storytellers, presenters, and authors in the nation. The Timpanogos Storytelling Conference will help you apply the art of storytelling at home, in the classroom, with your writing, or onstage.

See the Schedule and performer tabs above to learn more about the workshops and presenters.


Ashton Gardens at Thanksgiving Point

3900 Garden Dr

Lehi, UT 84043

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Keynote—Clare Murphy—Activating the Cinema of the Imagination: The Space between Audience and Storyteller

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

The live act of telling and listening to a story in public creates a unique and often profound communal experience. Why?
What is it about the space between us that allows for such deep journeying and such affecting experiences?

Breakout Session A—Adam Booth—Oh, the Depths of the Riches: Mining Meaningful Family Stories

10:15 AM - 11:30 AM

A treasury of family stories awaits your telling. This workshop builds the toolbox you need to get mining! Focusing on structure and levels of creative description, the beginning to intermediate teller will take home exercises for strengthening story seeds and freshening favorite family tales. Come prepared to think critically, value
exploration, and rediscover the gems of your family stories.

Breakout Session A—Corinne Stavish—HUGS: Having, Using, Giving Stories

10:15 AM - 11:30 AM

This interactive workshop deals with the practical why, what, and how of storytelling. Designed for the novice teller, it’s Storytelling 101 for everyone—whether you want to tell stories in the classroom, on stage, in a business presentation, or for your family!

Breakout Session A—Ginger Parkinson—Your Creative Bank Account

10:15 AM - 11:30 AM

Have you ever had a “creative block?” Have you needed to create a new story or program only to feel the dread of no ideas? It might be because your creative bank account is empty. Learn ways to fill the creative bank account in minutes a day by using your imagination to play with story structure, recognizing and recording story seeds with journaling, and playing with words and images.


11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Performance—Maureen Korte—Time Doing Me

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

After teaching storytelling and creative writing to female prisoners for over a year, Maureen Korte wrote a play about the life of women in prison. Maureen will perform an excerpt from the play as a one-woman show. The piece speaks to the regrets, successes, fears, and goals of women who have been sentenced to prison and who live the majority of their
lives behind walls. This is a powerful program which includes stark descriptions of women prisoners and their lives.

Master Class—Bill Harley—Story Coaching: Critiquing for Better Performance

1:45 PM - 4:30 PM

Bill Harley uses a supportive environment to lead participants through a structured approach to coaching and evaluation. After discussing elements of performance, a few volunteers will share 5-7 minutes of their work. Whether you share a story or not, everyone will gain valuable insight from watching others and thinking about how to make it better. Bill’s mentoring is kind, challenging, inspiring, and fun. No need for perfection; even the person hiding in the back will take something home.

Breakout Session B—Teresa Clark—Story Weaving

1:45 PM - 3:00 PM

Story Weaving is the intertwining of personal experiences, history, and folktale into a single tale. Participants will identify parallel threads and weave them to begin forming solid story work.

Breakout Session B—Sherry Norfolk—“They Hate to Write!” How to Motivate and Inspire Writing through Storytelling!

1:45 PM - 3:00 PM

Storytelling and visual arts unite in strategies that engage kids whose teachers say, “They hate to write!” Participants will explore options for engagement, representation, and expression that motivate learning.

Breakout Session C—Maureen Korte—Preserving Family History Through Storytelling

3:15 PM - 4:30 PM

Participants will experience a variety of ways to collect, record, and write family and historic stories. Using use photos, maps, clothing, and other physical items to recall situations and events, participants will also learn to journal and turn selections into poems, songs, and stories. Interviewing skills, as well as how to create a book and film, will be taught.

Breakout Session C—Karla Huntsman—Accessing the Creative Spirit Through Professional Improv Techniques

3:15 PM - 4:30 PM

Through hands-on professional improvisation techniques, participants will come away with tools for accessing the inventive, present-moment sensibilities essential for producing either group or individual creative and inspired work.

Adam Booth

Adam Booth's original stories blend traditional mountain folklore, music, and an awareness of contemporary Appalachia. He has been featured at the International Storytelling Center, the National Storytelling Festival, the Appalachian Studies Association Conference, the National Storytelling Conference, the National Academy of Medicine, and has been a Spoken Word Resident at the Banff Centre (Alberta). He is a member of the Recording Academy and recordings have received two Parents’ Choice Silver Honors and four Storytelling World Awards and Honors. He is a four-time champion of the West Virginia Liars' Contest.

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Teresa Clark


Teresa Clark is a national award-winning storyteller, best known for her original recollections of life's experiences blended with history. She is a university educator, teaching artist, event producer, published author, and passionate historical researcher with an irresistible zest for life.





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Bill Harley

Bill Harley is a two-time Grammy award-winning artist who used song and story to paint a vibrant and hilarious picture of growing up, schooling, and family life. Bill tours nationwide as an author, performing artist, and keynote speaker. he is a longtime commentator for National Public Radio and a recipient of the lifetime achievement award from the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities "for his use of music, song, and story in building community; promoting our common humanity; and encouraging lifelong learning, exploring, and growing.

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Karla Huntsman

"If you don't know the trees, you may be lost in the forest, but if you don't know the stories you may be lost in life."--Siberian Elder Sings, PLays Guitar, Autoharp, Washboard, djembe drum as part of storytelling performances. Uses puppetry for younger children. Making meaning through story and theatre activities has been Karla's life work. Before turning to freelance storytelling and drama specialist work, Karla spent over 25 years on the faculties of four universities teaching storytelling, drama education, public speaking and interpersonal communication. She has provided teacher in-services, residencies, workshops, conference presentations, and performances at state and national venues. Currently, Karla works as a professional teller, drama specialist, performer with the Las Vegas Improvisation Players, performer with Jubilingo Story performers of Las Vegas, and teaching artist for the Smith Center for the Performing Arts. "Karla is a dynamic performer. Her voice is rich, deep, and vibrant. She uses music, rhythm and movement to enhance her storytelling. She is a joy to watch and will leave you feeling enriched and full of wonder." Steffani Raff, Storyteller, Creator of Pirates and Pajamas.

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Maureen Korte

Maureen has written, adapted, and told world tales to every audience for over thirty years. She enhances performances using sign language, pantomime, accent, paper cutting and folding, costume and audience participation. She studies internationally and teaches at all levels.

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Clare Murphy

Audiences are mesmerized by the soft Irish brogue of Dublin-born Clare Murphy—or perhaps it's her dynamic personality, her easy physical style, and her youthful telling of ancient Irish tales! Her wide-ranging repertoire includes world folklore, anecdotes, fables, death stories, personal tales, and original stories, appropriate for any occasion or audience. Her passion easily engages the young and the young-at-heart alike, captivating audience around the world at places like the Globe Theatre, the National Storytelling Festival, and the Toronto International Storytelling Festival.

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Sherry Norfolk

Sherry Norfolk is an award-winning internationally acclaimed storyteller, author, and teaching artist. Co-author of Literacy Development in the Storytelling Classroom, the Storytelling Classroom, and Social Studies in the Storytelling Classroom, she is a leading authority on integrating learning through storytelling. Her telling style is distinctly her own, full of rhythm, motion, multiple voices, and opportunities for interactive participation.

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Ginger Parkinson

Ginger Parkinson’s storytelling is a mashup of spunk, wit and heart. She performed in the Timp Tale, a New Voice Showcase in 2016. For years she has taught children, teens and adults how to create and perform stories. Ginger Parkinson’s storytelling is a mashup of spunk, wit and heart. She performed in the Timp Tale, a New Voice Showcase in 2016. For years she has taught children, teens and adults how to create and perform stories.

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Corinne Stavish

Award-winning storyteller Corinne Stavish captivates audiences of all ages with stories that emphasize justice, problem solving, and strong women. In addition to her five storytelling recordings, Corinne has published several articles and a book of Jewish folk takes.  Corinne has told at the National Storytelling Festival and presented powerful workshops on personal, biblical, and storytelling techniques at conferences, festivals, schools, and libraries throughout the country.

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2018 Conference & Festival FAQs

1. Are there discounts to hotels near Thanksgiving Point?

Special event rates are available at these nearby hotels:

SpringHill Suites at Thanksgiving Point
2447 West Executive Parkway, Lehi, UT  84043

112.00 USD  per night

  • Free High Speed Internet
  • Free breakfast
  • Fitness Center

Last day to book: 8/16/18—Click here to reserve your room.

Courtyard at Thanksgiving Point
2801 West Club House Drive, Lehi,  UT  84043

102.00 USD  per night

  • Free High Speed Internet
  • Fitness Center
  • Pool

Last day to book: 8/15/18—Click here to reserve your room.

2. Is there transportation from the airport?

It is approximately a 40 minute drive from the Salt Lake International Airport to
Thanksgiving Point in Lehi. For shuttle service contact Express Shuttle at
(800) 397-0773 or visit their website at expressshuttleutah.com

3. Can I attend both the Conference and the Festival?

Yes, if choosing a weekend family pass click the dropdown option to add a conference pass to your purchase. Or if you are purchasing a single weekend pass (adult, student, or senior) please choose the
 ADULT COMBO–Conference & Festival Weekend Pass–2018. This Combo pass is cheaper than purchasing a Conference and Festival pass separately.

4. What does the Festival Weekend Pass include?

You can choose Festival weekend passes for either, family (up to 6 people), adults, children (ages 12 and under), students (high school or college), or seniors (65+). The weekend pass includes both Friday & Saturday daytime events and the following evening events:

Thursday’s Look Who’s Talking—7:00 PM

Friday’s Bedtime Stories—6:30 PM,
My Favorite Stories—7:30 PM, or
Shivers in the Night (ghost stories)—8:30 PM

And Saturday’s Laughin’ Night at either the
Electric Park Pavilion—7:30 PM or
the Garden Amphitheater—7:30 PM

The weekend pass is specific to your choice for Saturday’s Laughin’ Night event
 location (due to popularity, locations must be selected upon purchase and cannot be changed).

5. Can I purchase just evening tickets? 

Yes, evening tickets are listed on page two of the ticket page.

6. Can I attend the Festival for just one day?

Yes, adult & child passes for either Friday or Saturday daytime events are listed on page three of the ticket page.

7. Where can I see a list of ticket prices?

Click here to see the full list of ticket prices.

8. How does seating work at the Festival?

Chairs will be provided in all performance tents throughout the Ashton Gardens.

Chairs will also be provided for all performances at the Electric Park Pavilion and at the Show Barn.

There are some seating differences at the Ashton Garden Amphitheater for Thursday evening’s Look Who’s Talking, Friday evening’s My Favorite Stories, and Saturday evening’s Laughin’ Night. Read the description below to find the
 seating option that best meets your needs.

The Garden Amphitheater is split into different sections: a blanket area, a low back chair area 
(no taller than 30 inches), and a high back chair area. There will also be
 designated areas for wheelchair seating along the rim of the amphitheater. Each section will have a designated area that 
will be clearly marked (see picture below).

If attendees are interested in having a chair for the evening performances in the amphitheater, they can either bring their own, or rent a low back chair in the Reserved Seating Section on a first come first serve basis for $8. (You can add a Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Weekend Chair Rental ticket, listed on page 3 of the main ticket page, during checkout. Limited quantities available.)











9. Where do I park for each event?

In contrast to previous years, guests can now park at the Festival. Guests will be directed to 
designated parking areas as they arrive at the Ashton Gardens.

 For evening events at The Electric Park Pavilion and The Show Barn,
you may park in any available parking stalls near the venues. Parking in unmarked areas or on the street is not permitted.
Carpooling is strongly recommended to help alleviate traffic congestion. The Thanksgiving Point Trolley (parking shuttle) will run from the Museum of Natural Curiosity
to the Garden Visitor Center from 9:30 am-6:00 pm on Friday and Saturday.

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10. Are the events handicap accessible?

Disabled parking is available at the front of the Garden Visitor Center
(a valid disability parking permit is required.)
Disabled parking areas are also available at both The Electric Park Pavilion and The Show Barn. Paths to the Gardens can accommodate wheelchairs, but wheelchairs and other
conveyances are not available for rent through Thanksgiving Point.
Golf Carts—Volunteers will be available with golf carts to help patrons who need 
assistance to navigate the Ashton Gardens.

11. What time do gates open for each event?

Thursday, September 6:
Registration for the Conference begins at 8:00 am.

Gates open for Look Who’s Talking at 5:00 pm. (Live music begins at 6:00 pm.)

Friday, September 7:
Gates open for daytime events at 9:00 am. (Live music and puppetry performances begin at 9:30 am. Storytelling in the tents begins at 10:00 am.)

The line for My Favorite Stories at the Garden Amphitheater starts to form at 5:00 pm.
Amphitheater seating opens at 5:30 pm. (Live music starts at 6:30 pm
with storytelling beginning at 7:30 pm.)

Gates open for Bedtime Stories at The Electric Park Pavilion at 5:30 pm. (A preshow performance starts at 5:45 pm with storytelling beginning at 6:30 pm.)

Gates open for Shivers in the Night at The Show Barn at 8:00 pm with storytelling beginning at 8:30 pm.

Saturday, September 8:

Gates open for daytime events at 9:00 am. (Live music and puppetry performances begin at 9:30 am. Storytelling in the tents begins at 10:00 am.)

The line for Laughin’ Night at the Garden Amphitheater starts to form at 5:00 pm.
 Amphitheater seating opens at 5:30 pm. (Live music starts at 6:30 pm
with storytelling beginning at 7:30 pm.)

Gates open for Laughin’ Night at The Electric Park Pavilion at 5:30 pm. (Live music starts at 6:30 pm with storytelling beginning at 7:30 pm.)

12. Can I purchase tickets at the event?

Tickets for events that have not sold out are available for purchase at the event. However, evening events, especially Laughin’ Night, regularly sell out.
 In order to avoid disappointment, please purchase your tickets online before the event.

Special early bird discounts are available until August 1. Please order your tickets online. You can call 801-426-8660 for questions about tickets or events.

13. Is there an online schedule for where each storyteller will be performing?

Yes, click on the following links and choose the schedule tab to see who is
 performing at each location.

Timpanogos Storytelling Conference September 6, 2018

Timpanogos Storytelling Festival September 6-8, 2018

Click on the Storytellers tab to read more about each of the performers.

14. Is there an age limit to attend the Festival?

No, but with the exception of Bedtime Stories, the Festival is intended for adults, teens, 
and older children with longer attention spans. If young children become disruptive, we do ask
 that their guardians take them out of the performance space until they have calmed down.
Everyone ages 3 and up must have their own ticket. Child passes are for kids 12 and under, and children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. Please also remember no toddlers or babes in arms in the performance tents.

15. Will there be American Sign Language Interpreters?

ASL interpreters will be available at evening events at the Garden Amphitheater.
 Please call 801-426-8660 by September 1 to schedule an ASL interpreter at other events.

16. What will the weather be like?

With the exception of the Conference and Shivers in the Night, all other events are held outdoors.
 Average daytime temperatures are 80 F and above, but early mornings and evenings are often cool.
 Large performance tents provide shade, but in case of rain, a poncho may come in handy.

17. Is there a student discount?

Yes, it applies to any high school or college student.

18. What food options will be available at the Festival?

Utah restaurants will serve breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, and drinks at the Festival. Enjoy food from Costa Vida, Magleby’s Fresh, Malawi’s Pizza, Tucanos, Wallaby’s,
The Trellis Cafe, and Thanksgiving Point Concessions. Most meals are around $10.

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